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Smokey Hills G&CC
by Leigh Seaman

Links Corner Course Database ID Number - 1754
Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2007-04-12  75,767,292  bytes 72  6854 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
Course ID Course Key
41b49891a3ba444daaf5d81f9764364e  c2d1b73b5fec5c93aa3d726cded6055d 


CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Fictional, mountain course.
Concept  7/10
Leigh Seaman is generally the youngest recognised APCD designer, and there’s certainly a youthful exuberance running through Smokey Hills. It’s debatable whether the Iron Maiden theme adds anything (although it didn’t worry me any), but there’s some cracking hole design, and the terrific 8th hole made me gasp out loud with its sheer audacity. Elevations are used well on this mountain design, especially on the front half, although the Par 5s are markedly less exciting than the rest of the course, being consistently short and unthreatening.
Appearance  7/10
The panorama is massive, but does not overshadow the course to any great extent, for which we should be thankful. On the plot itself, all is right, if a little undistinguished. The planting, particularly, is far from clone free and struck me as functional rather than decorative. The use and blending of textures is the best and most natural aspect, and rarely stood out as being artificial.
Playability  8/10
Smokey Hills is an enchanting round of golf. The far-off location and continuity afforded by the thematic to the course means you will come back time after time. There’s a good, effective and believable blend of hole types, and a chance to hit your shots without worrying too much about the consequences (the designer is happy to admit to it being a ‘grip it and rip it’ course). Just the longer holes let the course down, being without sufficient variety.
Challenge  4/10
Problems here. Leigh is a bit of a golfing idealist and I reckon he hopes people should play his courses in a sensible and dictated manner. Sadly, most people tend to favour playing courses in the manner which means they will get a low score, which takes a lot of his bunkering out of play. Even with some dirty play in the green slopes, there isn’t really enough here to suggest ‘difficulty’ to the golfer.
Technical  8/10
Again, this course displays a very high standard of technical proficiency. Perhaps it’s not got the most natural feel of some courses or some hyper-realistic planting like other recent releases. But the elevational work is bang on the mark, and the texture set is assured. What is most pleasing is the clever proficiency in course design which gives me hope for this designer’s future.
Overall Great golf from the Seaman family yet again, this time featuring all the exuberance of youth. 34/50
Please remember that Clipnote reviews are the opinion of one person and do not constitute an 'Official' Links Corner review of the course.


 Votes cast
Ace44 %36
Eagle38 %31
Birdie14 %11
Par2 %2
Bogey or worse1 %1

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